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15/06/2021 to 11/07/2021

Representational images such as a teacup or a jar from the studio are initially considered to be straightforwardly understood. Instead, Kurth’s skillful and subtle paintings ask for a moment of pause and consideration – a difficult task within a world that is becoming increasingly visually saturated. In doing so he allows for the objects to unfold their own complex intensities and latent intricacies.

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13/10/2020 to 8/11/2020

Damien Kurth’s practice explores the over-looked and understated beauty of the common place and largely unremarkable household items that reside in his studio.

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New Work

New Work

20/08/2019 to 8/09/2019

Damien Kurth’s practice explores the over-looked and understated beauty of the common place and largely unremarkable household items that reside in his studio.

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Tropicana

Tropicana

10/04/2018 to 29/04/2018

Damien Kurth’s paintings play with representation in a confounding way. There is nothing deceptive about them, though there is an element of mystery, or the unknowable. They present the viewer with something that is familiar and comforting, yet at the same time subtly challenging. The majority of the objects are vessels of some sort, although their contents and purposes are obscure.

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Otherness

Otherness

20/06/2017 to 2/07/2017

In looking at one of Kurth's paintings, you are invited to occupy the psychic space of both artist and viewer, to consider the technical and aesthetic problems of representation while simultaneously viewing their outcome.

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Drift

Drift

24/01/2017 to 12/02/2017

Damien Kurth’s paintings explore modes of visual perception and interpretation, drawing on traditional painting practices to defy accepted conventions of the still life. Rejecting the stereotypical subject matter, images and iconography of the European still life, Kurth takes a counter-historical approach to the social and cultural parameters of still life painting.

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Here there is no why

Here there is no why

26/04/2016 to 15/05/2016

Forget about the allegories and symbolism of 17th century Dutch still life painting or the formalism and intimacy of Giorgio Morandi’s art. Apart from his choice of subject, Damien Kurth’s paintings have very little in common with familiar narratives of still life painting.

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Wilds

Wilds

31/03/2015 to 19/04/2015

Damien Kurth's objects have tended to be domestic: familiar empty vessels. In recent work, his selections have become more self-aware. Jars, lids, brushes, tape; the contents of a million painters' studios. Turning painting back on itself in this way is no new trick, but the frankness of these meta-representations makes them compelling. In juxtaposing the surface effects of a painting (the agency of the painting itself) with objects symbolic of this process of creation, Kurth both presents and represents ‘painting’.

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New Work

New Work

13/05/2014 to 1/06/2014

For all the expansion of the field of painting, and in spite of the rejection of medium specificity as a formal qualifier, painters like Damien Kurth find themselves returning to the studio, and to paint itself, as a way of working through the problems of image-making and representation. His work draws on the realist tradition of the still life, but its intended effect goes much further than depiction and recognition. Instead, Kurth uses the cliché of the still life on canvas to manifest a new kind of painterly subjectivity – a reflexive way of looking and thinking, which is particular to painting in the present.

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Duplex

Duplex

21/05/2013 to 2/06/2013

Damien Kurth’s paintings explore modes of visual perception and interpretation, drawing on traditional painting practices to defy accepted conventions of the still life. Rejecting the stereotypical subject matter, images and iconography of the European still life, Kurth takes a counter-historical approach to the social and cultural parameters of still life painting.

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Traverser

Traverser

12/09/2012 to 29/09/2012

Traverser sees the continuation of Damien Kurth’s fascination with still life, as he explores modes of visual perception and interpretation, and draws on traditional painting practices to defy accepted conventions of the genre. Kurth's works reject stereotypical subject matter, taking a counter-historical approach to the social and cultural parameters of still life painting.

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New Work

New Work

10/04/2012 to 22/04/2012

Damien Kurth’s paintings explore modes of visual perception and interpretation, drawing on traditional painting practices to defy accepted conventions of the still life. Rejecting the stereotypical subject matter, images and iconography of the European still life, Kurth takes a counter-historical approach to the social and cultural parameters of still life painting.

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Dissolution

Dissolution

3/05/2011 to 15/05/2011

Damien Kurth’s paintings explore modes of visual perception and interpretation, drawing on traditional painting practices to defy accepted conventions of the still life. Rejecting the stereotypical subject matter, images and iconography of the European still life, Kurth takes a counter-historical approach to the social and cultural parameters of still life painting.

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